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Letters to the Editor

Ranches helped with exhibit at museum

Thanks to the kind assistance and civic-minded management of the Haleakala and Ulupalakua ranches, the Makawao History Museum was able to fashion our most recent exhibit on “Maui Branding Irons.” The ranches have allowed us to use their working cattle branding irons and vintage ...

Oahu trip not needed for surgical procedure

People on Maui, rejoice! No longer do you have to go to Oahu for surgical procedures or even think about going, because Robert Connaughton, M.D., has arrived. Fresh from Texas with a country-style personality and big-city knowledge, this doctor actually looks you in the eye when you’re ...

Commercial technology for nutrient removal

It’s cheap to just dump it in a hole or is it? As an environmental scientist of 30-plus years, it saddens me greatly to learn Mayor Michael Victorino has taken his Maui wastewater case to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is hoping the conservative court will rule it is not a Clean Water Act ...

Fitting partisan vote came on Halloween

Very fitting that the partisan impeachment vote came on Halloween, with the witch holding her gavel and the goblins all gleefully writhing their hands showing us their demonic souls. Make no mistake, this is the vote they wanted even before the bad, orange man was inaugurated, but it already ...

Mayor shows true colors regarding water lawsuit

Mayor Mike Victorino ran for election by pretending to be a green and environmentally friendly candidate. He boasted about his care for the people. Now he shows his true colors. The elected County Council voted to settle the EPA injection well case, and take care of the problem. Victorino ...

Accountability issue for mayor on lawsuit

Mayor Michael Victorino wants to sue fossil fuel companies for climate change damage to Maui and says, “This suit is about accountability” (The Maui News, Nov. 1). Mr. Victorino suffers from a very compartmentalized brain. On one hand, he wants to sue others based on ...

So-called Hillary-Putin connections false

In an Oct. 26 letter, a reader wrote that Hillary Clinton had more Russian connections than Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein together. As proof he cited: • Uranium One “scandal.” Of course, even Fox News finally admitted, and provided the evidence, that this was a ginned-up ...

Grateful to mayor for road resurfacing

Would really like to thank Mayor Victorino and the road maintenance crew for finally resurfacing the heavily damaged part of East Kuiaha Road down to Hana Highway. Makes for much safer driving and easier on maintenance of our cars. Mahalo. Carol Brown Haiku

Trump rally needs accurate description

I read an Oct. 26 letter to The Maui News with a title about “Government barriers signals of corruption” in which the writer connects Trump rallies to the ancient courtyard where Christians lost the Son of God to Barnabas. How this fit the title of her letter I don’t know. She did make ...

Millions spent to improve sewage collection systems

Before the time of Mayor Elmer Cravalho’s administration, Maui County pumped all of its raw sewage directly into the ocean. Since that time, every county administration has been working diligently to stop ocean pollution. We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving our sewage ...

Mahi Pono cattle plans not advisable; grow hemp

Mahalo to the reader who called out Mahi Pono’s plan to raise livestock, going against all recent trends in cattle farming, but also degrading our soil and our humanity (Letters, Oct. 18). They can do much more for our health and economy by planting hemp for food, medicine, clothing and fuel, ...

Job Fair successful due to businesses

Each October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme was “The Right Talent, Right Now.” Ka Lima O Maui, the largest employer of persons with disabilities in Maui County, celebrates this important achievement by sponsoring a Job Fair each October. This was ...

Get it together county on safeguarding aina

What a mess Maui is in at the moment, given the apparent self-imposed inability and extremely long-term, tiresome grandstanding by all of our elected officials. Each, it seems, trying to outdo the other while significant issues of water, fire, land management and the well-being of the aina ...

‘Do Not Camp signs’ not stopping illegal campers

On the west side, we have organized wonderful beach camping sites. It costs $5 a night for the service. One can go on the county website or call for more information. I have never seen our sites full. Yet, the west side beaches have copious campers under the “do not camp” signs camping. ...

Mental illness result of over-reliance on tourism

Mental illness is a sad reality. In the case of Kumulipo Sylva, I wonder if justice was blinded? It was testified by a state psychologist that Sylva was delusional and suffering from an acute state of mental illness at the time (The Maui News, Oct. 22). My heart goes out to both families for ...

Fire precautions not widely adopted

An Oct. 18 article in The Maui News stated that Hawaii Wildfire Management’s draft report based on input at the “Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop” recommends “establishing and maintaining fire and fuel breaks, cleaning around under electrical ...

Know the truth, it will set you free

When it comes to knowing the Father’s love, all we need to do is look in our hearts. Together, the best comes to those who honor Christ with Truth and Love. Know the Father’s love in your heart. “You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8: 32). Love the Lord ...

Aliens being hidden in Area 54?

The writer of an Oct. 25 letter must certainly know something the rest of us don’t. In his letter, he states that the government is hiding aliens in Area 54. The rest of us assumed they were hidden in Area 51. You learn something every day. Mike Sowers Medford, Ore.

Affordable housing meeting shows needy below wealthy

Great job at the county’s affordable housing workshop last week. Now let’s give our lists from what we learned and want to implement to the Mayor’s Office c/o Lori Tsuhako, director of housing at director.hhc @mauicounty.gov. The mayor asked at least three times: “What is the ...

Despite hospital criticism, Maui Memorial was great

I know we all hear news about Maui Memorial that is not all good, so I just wanted to submit this positive report. My wife just came home from five days at the hospital. During her stay, all the staff were great, from the initial reception, to the OR to the post-op staff. I never saw an ...